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Want an unconventional Valentine's date? Here are some of the weird and quirky films playing in Austin

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still from Werner Herzog's film Nosferatu the Vampyre
Take in this Werner Herzog remake of Nosferatu for a truly unique date. Photo courtesy of MovieMail.com
Scott Pilgrim with Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a simple film about romance, dating, and defeating your girlfriend's seven evil exes in fights to the death. Photo courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse
Renee Fleming in Dvorak opera Rusalka
You may not get to see her live, but watching Renee Fleming in Rusalka on a screen is still enchanting a just a bit cheaper, too. Photo courtesy of guideforthearts.com
Michael Stahl-David in Brian Poyser's film Love and Air Sex
Director Brian Poyser brings his film Love & Air Sex back to Austin, along with a live Air Sex competition. Photo courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse
still from Werner Herzog's film Nosferatu the Vampyre
Scott Pilgrim with Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Renee Fleming in Dvorak opera Rusalka
Michael Stahl-David in Brian Poyser's film Love and Air Sex

Perhaps the most difficult thing about Valentine’s Day is coming up with a unique plan. Chocolates and flowers can be given any day of the year, and dinner at a nice restaurant is overdone (good luck getting into a decent place at this point, anyway). Go ahead and forget about reservations at that fancy bistro and take in one of these unique screenings around town.

Sure, a screening of Nosferatu the Vampyre may be untraditional but at least it’s guaranteed to be memorable.

Austin Film Society Presents: Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre

It may not be a traditional “romantic” movie, but this adaptation of the classic Stoker’s Dracula is, at its cold, dead heart, about unrequited love. Plus, macabre couples will get a kick out of Herzog’s turn towards gothic German expressionism.

Unlike previous cinematic adaptations of Stoker’s story, Herzog is exceptional at focusing on how Count Dracula is just a lonely guy looking for the gal of his dreams. You feel for the poor guy — well, when he’s not sucking people’s blood — and it will make you appreciate the love that you have found. Plus, it goes without saying about that a horror movie can help improve your chances for a little hand holding action.

Love & Air Sex Austin Premiere

During SXSW Film 2013, director Brian Poyser got to show off his little labor of love filmed right here in Austin. Originally screened under the title of The Bounceback, this film is a rom-com that expresses the uniquely weird vibe of our city, mostly because of a substantial subplot involving the Austin-born sporting event, Air Sex.

Now, after changing the film’s title to Love & Air Sex, Poyser is taking his film on tour and will be on hand for a Q&A after the Austin screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse – Slaughter Lane. The February 14 screening offers even more action. The film will be immediately followed by a live Air Sex competition with the film’s stars Sara Paxton and Zach Cregger acting as guest judges. How often do get to impress your date with your love-making talents in front of total strangers?

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Quote-Along

For the couples who tend to embrace the nerdy side of pop culture, romantic films don’t get geekier than Edward Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It perfectly combines the fandom of comic books, the importance of video games and the drama that twenty-something Canadians endure in their romantic trysts.

As an added bonus, in true Alamo Drafthouse form, you can also shout out the film’s best quotes while getting showered in gold coins as our brave hero, Scott Pilgrim, defeats the Seven Evil Exes to win the love of Ramona Flowers. After the movie, all you’ll want to do is whisk your date home and play some couples Street Fighter.

Moulin Rouge Sing-Along

If you’re the couple that shows up to costume parties obnoxiously dressed up in the most ornate manner, the Moulin Rouge sing-along is just for you.

Revel in Satine and Christian's epic love story with your own with a special guy or gal, all while wearing glamorous period clothing and belting out Lady Marmalade.

The Metropolitan Opera: Rusalka

The opera is a sure bet for a perfect date night, but attending a live performance usually means paying a steep ticket price. Watching an opera on the silver screen can be just as magical — especially when it has Renee Fleming in it.

At the Regal Metropolitan and Regal Arbor in Austin, you can watch the absolutely enchanting Fleming as the lead in Antonin Dvorak’s premier opera, Rusalka. A story of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, Rusalka is a tale of star-crossed lovers and sung by some of the best voices in the world.

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